MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,613 this week

Toward the Unknown (1956)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  October 1956 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 240 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 5 critic

The trials and tribulations of a group of experimental aircraft test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base at the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 92 titles
created 22 Feb 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 May 2011
 
a list of 713 titles
created 17 May 2011
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 70 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Toward the Unknown (1956)

Toward the Unknown (1956) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Toward the Unknown.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The 7th Dawn (1964)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: William Holden, Susannah York, Capucine
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall
Sayonara (1957)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A US air force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Owens
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Struggling artist fakes his own death so his works will increase in value.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: James Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Elke Sommer
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis
36 Hours (1965)
War | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor
The Key (1958)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During World War II, tug boats conduct what are called salvage missions - picking up disabled ships. Not well equipped with weaponry, the tugs are sitting ducks for enemy fire. As such, the... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: William Holden, Sophia Loren, Trevor Howard
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the Old West, a gunfighting outlaw connives his way into a prison in hopes of getting his hands on a large shipment of gold stored there.

Directors: Vic Morrow, Giorgio Gentili
Stars: James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins
The Lion (1962)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young Tina lives with her mother and stepfather on a wildlife reserve in Kenya. While her stepfather believes this is a wonderful environment for her to grow up in, her mother becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: William Holden, Trevor Howard, Capucine
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan
HealtH (1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Carol Burnett, Glenda Jackson, James Garner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Stuart Margolin
Stars: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Alex Harvey
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Maj. Lincoln Bond
...
Brig. Gen. Bill Banner
Virginia Leith ...
Connie Mitchell
...
Col. 'Mickey' McKee
...
Maj. Bromo Lee
...
Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby
...
Lt. Col. Joe Craven
...
2nd Lt. Sweeney
...
Polly Craven
Bartlett Robinson ...
Senator Black
...
Hank - Bell Technical Rep.
Ralph Moody ...
Harvey Gilbert
Maura Murphy ...
Sarah McKee
Carol Kelly ...
Debbie
Edit

Storyline

The trials and tribulations of a group of experimental aircraft test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base at the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THE SCREEN HAS NEVER SHOWN WHAT YOU'LL SEE IN TOWARD THE UNKNOWN (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Einst kommt die Stunde  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

X-2 taxiing and takeoff shots were a mix of actual X-2 glide and powered flight footage. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film when Bond observes General Banner crash his aircraft, it's referred to as an "F-102". In reality the hulk that Banner is pulled from is a Convair XF-92, the experimental predecessor to the F-102 Delta Dart. See more »

Quotes

Brig. Gen. Bill Banner: [to Maj. Lincoln Bond] Even with torture, you're not the kind to crack.
See more »

Soundtracks

The U.S. Air Force
by Robert Crawford
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliant Holden performance, gripping scenes
14 May 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

William Holden emotes every aspect of his character so well that you forget he is 10 years too old for the role. With its focus on the rigors and emotions of test pilots, this would make an interesting companion piece for the right stuff. The military aspect of its time is well-conveyed and the supporting cast is strong. Worth watching.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WB Archives DVD MAJOR Disappointment gemaisack
I was a kid at Edwards hankpac
Nicest, most understanding general ever parillamilt
Just released on DVD-R TODAY!! OH JOY!! u31510
Favorite scene arbitrarydissent
MS. LEITH....... BG43214
Discuss Toward the Unknown (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?